The Westford Republican Town Committee opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana as proposed in the “Massachusetts Marijuana Legalization Initiative, known as Question 4 on the November 8, 2016, ballot in Massachusetts as an indirect initiated state statute.” The statute, if passed, would go to the legislature for final action. A “yes” vote supports this proposal to legalize marijuana, but regulate it similar to alcoholic beverages. A “no” vote opposes this proposal to legalize recreational marijuana, keeping only medical marijuana legal.
The WRTC views this proposal negatively based on the potential for wide-spread marijuana use leading to proven brain impairment and development in our youth, the lack of proven means or standards for impaired vehicle operation, the potential as a gateway to more serious addictive drugs, and the blatant contradiction to the Federal laws that prohibit the sale and use of marijuana.
Vote “NO” on State Ballot Question 4 – NO to Legalization of Recreational Marijuana